About Frank

Formal Education Summary

     Born in Eugene, Oregon, I attended Adams Elementary Kindergarten, St. Mary’s Catholic School in first and second grade, Edgewood Elementary, Spencer Butte Junior High School and South Eugene High School.

      Free-lance work was the norm before high school, including picking blackberries, painting house numbers on curbs, selling seed packets, weeding, babysitting, paper routes, picking beans and picking strawberries.

      During High School, I worked for Sears, C&D Ice, and at my Grandparent’s farm bucking hay.

     I attended Oregon State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science.  I went straight to law school at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, receiving a law degree in 1981.

  • While at Oregon State, I worked a few jobs including selling cars for Godfrey Pontiac-Honda, washing dishes each day for ATO, making hamburger for the College Co-op, selling books for Time-Life, pulling green chain for Gem Lumber, and gypsy logging for cedar in Valsetz, Oregon.

  • During my Freshman and Sophomore years at Oregon State University, I kept my grades up enough to be recognized for “high scholastic achievement.”  I worked quite a bit while going to school, selling cars, washing dishes and working at the co-op making hamburger in the early morning.

  • Employment during Law School including waiting tables, bartending, janitorial and some limited Assistant Management for Hindquarter Restaurant, special appointment at the Oregon Department of Corrections, and a brief stint as a legislative assistant.

  • While at Oregon State University, I became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.  I served as Co-rush Chairman my sophomore year, and helped chair a university-wide Dance-a-thon to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation.

Professional Associations & Employment

     I was sworn in as an active member of the Oregon State Bar in September, 1981. Frank was last an active member of the Oregon State Bar in 2009.  In 1982, Frank was sworn in as a member of the Federal District Court for the State of Oregon.

     Other memberships at various times while a practicing attorney including membership in the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.  

     For a few years, I was also involved as a Director, and for a time, as President of  The Brain Injury Association of Oregon (BIAOR).

      I started my legal career as an Associate Attorney with Mills & McMillin in Salem, Oregon, focused almost exclusively on civil work such as real estate law, domestic relations, and business law.

      A few years later, I went out on my own, starting out with private investigations, including surveillance, asset searches and locating missing people. Eventually, the criminal investigations became to norm, including aggravated murder investigations.

      Eventually, I transitioned back to a more formal law practice, taking on domestic relations cases, criminal misdemeanor and felony cases, and juvenile delinquency and dependency cases.

      In 2001, I started eight years of practice with the Eugene law firm Luvaas Cobb where the emphasis shifted to mostly civil work like divorce, adoption and business law.

  • I was last an active member with the Oregon State Bar in 2009.  I’ve remained an inactive member of the Oregon State Bar since 2009.

  • While I was practicing law, membership during a portion of that time included belonging to The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

  • In 1982, I was sworn in as a member of the U.S. District Court  for the District of Oregon.

  • For some of the time I was practicing law, I was also a member of The Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.

Search and Rescue

    Combining my love of the outdoors with search and rescue on horseback, it was easy and an honor to participate and be a part of the Oregon Mounted Posse, which used to be the old Governor’s Guard.

     While with the Oregon Mounted Posse, I served in various capacities including Secretary, Treasurer and Captain (President).  Searches on horseback could be in the mountains, or in town, anywhere in the State of Oregon, and anywhere a better view or more efficient search could be effected while on horseback.

     Over time, search and rescue became an activity requiring more formal training and certification.  I helped start the Marion County Mounted Posse, serving as one of its first Captains, assisting in making sure volunteers were properly trained and certified in firearms, communications, first aid, survival and similar skills necessary for successful search operations on horseback.

  • The Oregon Mounted Posse was a lot of fun.  Besides search and rescue, we parked cars at the Oregon State Fair, Sublimity Harvest Festival, and St. Paul Rodeo to raise funds for our operations.

  • It takes a lot of time now to just be properly trained to be allowed to even volunteer to go out on search and rescue missions.  The people that do this are very dedicated.

  • People would be really surprised to see how much gear and the amount of resources committed when search and rescue is called out.

  • A lot of good memories, and some strange stories to tell.

Military

     I’ve always had a special place in my heart for those who serve and make my way of life possible.  Although I didn’t serve in the military, and what I’ve done is not nearly enough, I’m planning on continuing to work towards making life easier for our military members.

  • One thing the military has always left me feeling is that what I’ve done is very insignificant in comparison to what those who have served have given.

  • A garage sale of huge proportions, happily, a significant portion of the proceeds went to providing housing for our veterans.

  • Totally out of the blue, unexpected, and humbling.

  • Again, all I can do is be humbled. Not a fair trade for all that our servicewomen and servicemen have done.

Kids

     I have been very lucky to have great teachers in school, including Harry Johnson (Track and Field Coach, Gymnastics Coach) Bill Starnes (Soccer, Health and PE) and Jerry  Andrews (Wrestling, Track and Field Coach), mentors such as Ken Higgins (Boy Scout Leader), Ken Morrow (Baseball and Football Coach; Exceptional Trial Attorney), Andy and Rosie Andreason (Family Friends), to name a few.

      I’ve tried to pass some of that on through involvement in children’s activities, including coaching.

  • Serving on the Little League Board was a lot of fun, but with a lot of lawyers on the Board, meetings could be long.

  • I really like managing Little League Baseball teams.  One year, I juggled managing two teams in the same season, and as I remember it, both teams did quite well.  I played quite a bit of softball while going to Law School.

  • This award, if I remember correctly, was for taking on the Fundraiser Chair for Leslie Little League.  I think we raised around $12,000, which was a new record and a lot of money at the time.

  • I tried my hand a soccer coaching since I played in Junior High.  We had fun, but the young men could have used a coach a little more skilled in soccer fundamentals.

American Rental Association

      While practicing law at Luvaas Cobb, I took on some property management projects at Highlands Condominiums, and later at Edgewood Townhouses. Some months, I was working as many as 300 hours a month.

      In 2009, my brother and I purchased Beehive Rentals, an equipment rental business.  My employment with Luvaas Cobb ended and I stepped down from the property management positions to devote full efforts to the equipment rental business.
Now known as C&E Rentals, it continues under the highly capable hands of my brother, Scott Bocci.

      While at Beehive Rentals and C&E Rentals, I became active in American Rental Association of Oregon (Director, President), American Rental Association (Government Affairs Committee member, Chairman) , Eugene Executives Association (Director), Home Builders Association for Lane County (Director, Secretary), Festival of Trees (Laborer).

  • Trips to Chicago and Washington, D.C. to meet with Congressmen over issues affecting the Rental Industry were the focus here.

  • 2013 – President’s Award for the Homebuilders Association of Lane County.

  • Topics raised with both branches of Congress included the Transportation Bill (funding highway maintenance and repair) and Business Tax Legislation.

  • 2014 – Associate of the Year for the Home Builders Association of Lane County.

2013

      In 2013, I could feel I was teetering.  I always liked hard work.  In fact, when I was about 16, I worked 42 hours straight one weekend between bagging and delivering ice for C&D Ice, working my normal shift in paint sales at Sears, and working an extra shift for two days in the Display Department at Sears to get ready for inspection from Chicago management.

      Fast approaching 60 years of age, I could feel, just a little bit, getting older slowing me down.  Scott and I made arrangements for me to transition out of the rental business.

      I began to golf more, garden more, build more and write.  It had always been a dream of mine to help young families succeed.  Now I’m in the middle of a work-in-progress with efgsequoias.com,  “Empowering Future Giants”.

  • Although I’m leaving the rental business, it’s a great business to be in, and I’ve met some of the best people in the world involved in the rental industry, both locally, in Oregon, and from across the United States.

  • Down to a single pursuit of helping those younger than me succeed, I don’t see myself ever retiring from my new purpose.  It’s a passion.

All Work and No Play — Hardly

     Here are a few of my hobbies.  Working hard and playing hard go hand-in-hand in my view.  

  • Woodcarving has been a hobby of mine since about age 12, in large part because of Scoutmaster Ken Higgins.

  • A childhood passion revived in later life, who knew there are this many different types of butterflies in Dexter, Oregon.

  • Gardening, also learned early in life, revived itself with attempts to grow as many as 55 different varieties of Tomatoes in buckets to conserve water.

  • Volunteering at The Eugene Pro Rodeo for over 14 years has led to some interesting encounters with some incredibly powerful animals.  He wants out, and when I took this picture, I wasn’t quite sure how to let him out.

  • A big part of the Eugene Pro Rodeo has been the Kids’ Club, with now well over 800 participants thanks to Larry Wicklund. Larry presented the concept nationally at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2016.

  • Every once in a while, you come upon a special treasure. I left them alone after this picture so Mom could finish raising them.

  • “Sawing Logs” means different things.  Powerful windstorms provide a bounty of logs for one of my newest hobbies.

  • Rodeo gets in your blood.

  • Some of my high-school classmates, as well as my brother, have provided me the opportunity to take part in some absolutely great salmon fishing. Thanks, Gene, Tom and Scott.

  • The I-phone has introduced me to photography. Some day, I hope to take up painting again. This will be one of my subjects.

  • My oldest daughter had a job that required I take her back and forth to work eight times each weekend. In between taking her to work, I cut and put together scrap blocks for a floor in our house, over 8,000 pieces.

  • The Fall is always a good time to go crabbing and get some fresh ocean air.

  • The I-phone again, letting me photograph two tiger swallowtails on thistle. There were five at the time, but I couldn’t get them all in one picture.

  • I went to the barn one day to feed the horses, and ran into four baby skunks. Two have stayed around, letting me feed them each day. They don’t seem interested in spraying the hand that feeds them.

  • Recycled pallets and windows, along with lumber milled on my sawmill allowed me to assemble a 1200 square-foot greenhouse.

  • A few more tomatoes.